Busy…busy…busy. How come the busiest people never seem to get anything accomplished? Why do so many people wear “busy” as some kind of badge of honor? If you’re sick of being busy, then it’s time to develop time management skills. The reason people are so busy is because they lack these crucial skills. If you’re sick of missing your life because you’re so busy, read on.
I will help you get started here, but there are a couple of books you’ll need to read if you’re serious about taking control of your life. First the books: Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, and Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell.
Now, to get organized. Get a notebook. Make a list of 10 things that you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. What do you want your life to look like in the areas of faith, family, finance, fitness, freedom, friends, fun, and following (leadership)?
Now decide which goal is the most meaningful to you, and will have the greatest impact in your life. Which goal, if accompished, will impact several of the other goals that you have on your list? Next, develop a game plan. Walk backwards from the goal deadline and write out what needs to be accomplished by the end of each month. This is much easier if you have a quality planner that has a monthly and weely section in it. I recommend the LIFE calendar, which can be purchased at www.lifeleadership.com. It provides space to PDCA your monthly and weekly game plans.
The first step to utilizing a planner/calendar is to put all of your priorities in first. These are the things that do not get changed for anything. If you will not schedule your priorities, you will never live your life on purpose. You will continue to bounce from urgent demand to urgent demand and continue to be busy not accomplishing anything.
The next step is to establish your weekly goals. Make a list of the five most important things that have to be done this week. Start with the most important task and work on only that until it is finished. Only once the first task on your list is accomplished will you move on to the next item on your list. This will take discipline, especially if you have developed the habit of running around like a lunatic all day trying to solve all of the world’s problems every day. If you commit to working on only the most important task at any given moment you will need to empower other people in your organization/family to handle the daily “emergencies” that pop up. It’s okay to let someone else handle the urgent matters while you stay focused on the most imporant.
The bottom line is that if you want more out of life you have to plan your time so you get the most out of it. For some people this will be a daunting task at first, but I assure you it is well worth the effort. Once your start to work off a paper calendar you will find out that you actually have 24-usable hours in every day, just like everyone else.What a revelation!